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ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
AMERICAN CEMWOOD ROOFING
BEST ROOFING PRACTICES
BUILT UP ROOFS
CATHEDRAL CEILING VENTILATION
CERTIFICATIONS for ROOFING CONTRACTORS
CHIMNEY FLASHING Mistakes & Leaks
COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
DECKS, ROOFTOP CONSTRUCTION
EPDM, RUBBER, PVC ROOFING
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING on SHINGLES
FIRE RETARDANT PLYWOOD
FLASHING on BUILDINGS
FLAT ROOF MOISTURE & CONDENSATION
Green House or Solarium Roof Leaks
HEAT TAPES & CABLES on Roofs for Ice Dams
ICE DAM PREVENTION
MASONITE WOODRUF FIBERBOARD ROOFING
NOISE CONTROL for ROOFS
PLASTIC ROOFING TYPES
PVC, EPDM, RUBBER ROOFING
ROOF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF INSPECTION SAFETY & LIMITS
ROOF LEAK DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF REPLACEMENT SNAFUs
ROOFING FELT UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
ROOFING MATERIALS, Age, Types
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
STANDARDS for ROOFING
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
Roll roofing installation, inspection, troubleshooting, repairs: this article describes mineral-granule coated asphalt roll roofing roofing materials, choices, installations, inspection, defects, roofing repairs, and product sources. Our page top photo shows our client pointing to a low slope area on a roof where mineral-granule coated asphalt roll roofing was applied after shingles in that location had leaked repeatedly. Because mineral-granule-coated modified bitumen roofing can be mistaken for roll roofing, and vice versa, readers should also see MODIFIED BITUMEN ROOFING.
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-- Adapted with permission from Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction.
In its earliest forms roll roofing consisted of sheets of felt canvas or cloth that were impregnated with asphalt, then rolled flat along a low-slope or even some steeper sloped roofs with the material's long edge parallel to the building eaves.
Modern 90-pound asphalt roll roofing is built of mineral-coated fiberglass-reinforced mat or organic-mat (bituminous impregnated paper) material very similar to asphalt roof shingles, in 36-inch wide material sold in 36-foot long rolls. Roll roofing is coated on both sides with asphalt and its upper or exposed side is protected with mineral granules.
Common roll roofing material colors are white, brown, black. You may find some roofers referring to roll roofing as "90-pound felt" since a 36-foot roll of the material, able to cover about 100 sq.ft. (one roofing "square") weighs close to ninety pounds.
Tips For Buying Roll Roofing Materials
Our roll roofing material photo (left) shows that this roll was a bit out of round. When buying roll roofing avoid rolls that are squashed as they may be difficult to roll out smoothly (give the material time to relax and flatten before nailing).
Also avoid rolls whose ends are badly damaged as it may make for uneven or raised seams.
This is an inexpensive roofing material often installed (over 15# felt underlayment) by homeowners and do-it-yourself-ers.
Installing Roll Roofing for Maximum Life
It's also important to install roll roofing over a smooth sound roof deck. If the roof decking sags, ponding on the roof surface after rain may reduce its life.
Overlapping strips of asphalt roll roofing are installed over the roof surfaces with overlapped edge joints sealed, usually with a heated asphalt compound, or cold-applied using a similar sealant that functions at lower temperatures.
Sketch (left) courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
Probably in part because asphalt roll roofing is typically used on low slope and nearly flat roofs, it can have an anticipated wear life of less than ten years, often five years.
The life of roll roofing may be extended by coatings.
Common Problems on Roll-Roofing Covered Roofs
Not quite so common, but we also see misapplications of roll roofing such as:
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